FROM Tom Chorneau
Healthcare Overhaul Reaches Assembly Floor, but Deficit Could Stop It from Getting to the Senate An Assembly Committee passed a $15 billion dollar health care reform plan this afternoon. The full Assembly took it up later but the Senate won’t be back in Sacramento ‘til next year.
Schwarzenegger Calls a Special Session on Health Care and Water Before adjourning at 3 o’clock this morning, the State Assembly and Senate gave the Anschutz Entertainment Group , owner of Staples Center --the right to compete for 2.8 billion dollars in housing bonds. Advocates of affordable housing were opposed, but Anschutz has contributed $50,000 dollars for a ballot measure that would extend the legislators’ term limits. Also, Governor Schwartzenegger calls two special sessions on health care and water.
Schwarzenegger Takes Up Health Care Reform…Again The California Field Poll out today says 69% of the voters are unhappy with the health care with 36% favoring one that’s government run. That’s not what Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing but, with the budget battle now over, he turned his attention to his own plan for reform.
Governor Schwarzenegger's New Health Insurance Policy Governor Schwarzenegger today announced a plan to require all Californians to have health insurance , a proposal to fix what he calls a "broken healthcare system." Those who could not afford insurance would be helped by the state, and insurance companies would not be allowed to reject anyone because of age or medical condition. Today's plan may be ambitious, but it comes just a day after another proposal, which could do harm to some of the same people the medical plan is supposed to help. The Governor wants a rollback of welfare payments, including a cutoff to tens of thousands of children whose parents don't meet certain requirements. We hear more on a plan the Governor says "will make history," and ask if cuts in welfare would take away with one hand what he says he'll give with the other?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?